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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Leslie Mann!

I've always had a little bit of a soft spot for Leslie Mann. She played a leading role in one of my favorite childhood films - there's a video below, and I'm sure you'll be able to tell which one it is - and ever since then, I've enjoyed seeing her show up in films here and there. She got her first big cinematic break with 1996's The Cable Guy (which also starred Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick), but what made it all the more endearing was that she met her eventual husband, big-time producer Judd Apatow, during the course of filming. In contrast with traditional Hollywood marriages, the two have stayed together for the past fourteen years and have two daughters who occasionally appear in Apatow fare. But back to Leslie: there's really no denying her comedic presence on-screen. She's predominantly specialized in comedic films - I couldn't find a non-comedy anywhere on her filmography. She's funny enough to generate laughter from her supporting roles, so she's definitely someone to watch as time goes by. Below are my five favorite Leslie Mann roles from over the years. I apologize for a couple of them - one barely features her, and another is clearly filmed from a handheld camera - but you'll still get a sense of her comic acting. Enjoy!

5. Robin Harris
The Cable Guy (1996)


4. Laura
Funny People (2009)


3. Nicky
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)


2. Debbie
Knocked Up (2007)


1. Ursula Stanhope
George of the Jungle (1997)

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